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Nigel Farage gambled, and Nigel Farage won. On the day of his speech to Ukip conference I explained how the leader of the People’ Revolution had rolled the dice by pledging to park his tanks on Labour’s lawn in Heywood and Middleton. “9 October was supposed to be Ukip’s purple letter day,” I wrote. “the [...]
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A busy morning at the office today: I saw three new puppies, one new kitten, and I euthanased two dogs. The morning’s work was a classic example of the ups and downs of my job. Dealing with death is a daily drama for vets. As well as witnessing the death of seriously ill and injured [...]
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From the Morning Briefing: subscribe here Ukip have their first elected MP in Clacton and they’ve given Labour one hell of a fright in Heywood & Middleton. The numbers are: Clacton: Ukip 21,113 (60%), Conservatives 8,709 (25%), Labour (11%) Heywood & Middleton: Labour 11,633 (41%), Ukip 11,016 (39%) Conservatives 3, 496 (12.3%) It’s a thumping [...]
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No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come. As Nigel Farage celebrates his breakthrough today, David Cameron and Ed Miliband are left to ponder Victor Hugo’s verdict on unstoppable momentum. In truth, the armies that faced up to Ukip in the Clacton and Heywood by-elections put up the sketchiest of [...]
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When a terrifying, life-threatening disease strikes Africa and threatens the world, who rushes to face the lethal consequences head-on? Why, America – aka the Great Satan – of course. 3,000 American troops are going to Liberia, ably assisted by Little Satan – ie us. Britain is sending 750 troops to Sierra Leone. America – and, [...]
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An interesting article appeared yesterday by Sunder Katwala, director of British Future, in which he speculates about why Douglas Carswell defected to Ukip. You can read it here. Katwala’s thesis is that Carswell is on a mission to “modernise” Ukip. Why? Because what Carswell really cares about is winning an in/out EU referendum and he [...]
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So the Tories lost big time in Clacton. The numbers were even worse than most people had expected: no less than a 44% swing to Ukip. Douglas Carswell then made a rather splendid speech about the need for humility and modesty in victory which must have rubbed salt into the wound. But for all that, [...]
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A Polish friend, an MEP of my sort of age, was telling me the other day about how his life changed when Pope John Paul II toured his home country. The papal visit set in train the events that led to the Gdansk protests and, in due course, the unravelling of the tyranny. But my [...]
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What with the threat of imminent catastrophe on multiple fronts, and Nick Clegg being Deputy Prime Minister, and whining cricketers complaining about their lot when they should be thanking their lucky stars for the chance to play cricket for a living, it is easy at the moment to get downhearted about Britain and its prospects. [...]
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This morning English cricket is eating itself alive. Or rather, it’s tweeting itself to death. The latest casualty of the increasing surreal Kevin Pietersen saga is Jonathan Agnew, the BBC’s cricket correspondent, who has just announced he is leaving Twitter after becoming involved in a public Twitter spat with Pietersen’s wife. At the same time, [...]
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